Dalby Hospital are prepared for an eventual COVID-19 outbreak.
Dalby Hospital are prepared for an eventual COVID-19 outbreak.

Dalby Hospital prepares for COVID-19 outbreak

WITH confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Miles, Chinchilla, and Oakey, Dalby Hospital staff are using the coming weeks to prepare for the outbreak to strike Dalby.

A Darling Downs spokeswoman told News the hospital was well prepared should the virus hit the town in the coming days or weeks.

“Dalby Hospital has staff posted at the main entrance to the hospital checking if people presenting are seeking to be tested for COVID-19, and if people meet the testing criteria, they are taken to an isolated area to be tested before being advised to self-isolate at home until they receive their results,” she said.

“If a positive test result is returned and the patient is well enough, they are advised to stay home in self isolation with clinical staff checking on them daily.

“If a COVID-19 patient requires hospitalisation, Dalby Hospital has designated areas for their treatment.”

Despite the gravity of the situation and the severity of the virus, Darling Downs Health have urged locals to remain calm, and have ensured the correct measures are in place to cope with an outbreak.

“All Hospital and Health Services across the state have strategies and plans in place to respond to COVID-19 and ensure adequate supplies, equipment, staff and contingencies across all hospitals,” the spokeswoman said.

“We understand people in our communities may be feeling concerned, but we want to reassure you that we have one of the best health systems in the world and the Queensland Government has a $1.2 billion novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response plan in place to support the health system during this time.

“We’ve responded to health emergencies in the past and we will do it again.”

Darling Downs Health are currently seeking expressions of interested as a part of their recruitment process across all employment streams, including clinical, administration and operational.

You can find out how to apply here: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/covid-19-eoi.


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